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■ INDONESIA

Bears raiding kitchens

Bears in West Sumatra province have started raiding kitchens in houses on the edge of the forest in search of food, the Kompas reported yesterday. The honey or sun bears (Helarctos Malayanus) have raided kitchens in three residences in the Danau Kembar area in the past few days, it said. In the latest incident early on Sunday, two of the powerful omnivores entered a tea plantation worker’s kitchen by removing planks on the walls and feasted on milk, cooking oil and leftovers. “These animals do not fear humans. Even though there was someone sitting in front of the house they just went straight into the kitchen,” the daily quoted Daswir, a plantation security guard, as saying. Conservation officials are planning to trap the bears and move them to forests far from human settlement, the paper said.

■ BANGLADESH

Exiled writer finds haven

Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has arrived in Sweden where she has been offered a safe haven, the Upsala Nya Tidning reported yesterday. The city council of the university city of Uppsala, north of Stockholm will pay Nasreen a monthly stipend of 5,000 kronor (US$833) and pay for her accommodation during a two-year period, the report said. It is the second time Nasreen will live in Sweden. In 1994 she was forced to leave Bangladesh after Islamic fundamentalist groups issued a fatwa and placed a bounty on her head over the content in her writings, including the novel Lajja (Shame). Nasreen, who is also a trained doctor, lived for more than a decade in Europe and the US. The 45-year-old writer was reported to be in poor health and suffering from a heart problem.

■ JAPAN

US sailor arrested

Police said yesterday they had arrested a US sailor for allegedly assaulting a local man while drunk, in the latest of a series of incidents linked to US forces in the country. Petty officer second class Richard Ted Turner Jr, 23, allegedly brawled with a Japanese man late on Sunday on a street in Yokosuka, a major naval hub south of Tokyo, police said. Police said Turner was heavily intoxicated and punched the man in the face and stomach. He was arrested on the spot. “They apparently got into a scuffle after they bumped into each other in the shoulders,” a Yokosuka police spokesman said. “The Japanese man had to go to a hospital emergency room, but the injuries don’t seem to be serious,” the spokesman said. Turner told police he did not remember the incident, police said. “There is still a whole investigatory process, trying to figure out what actually happened,” US naval spokesman David Waterman said.

■ CHINA

Antibody drugs kill six

Six people died in eastern China after being injected with antibody drugs, a local official said yesterday, confirming the latest fatalities in the nation’s weakly supervised pharmaceutical industry. The unidentified victims died in Jiangxi Province after being given human immunoglobulins at a hospital in the provincial capital Nanchang, the Jiangxi food and drug watchdog said in a statement on its Web site. “We’re investigating the cause,” said an official at the watchdog, who would only give her surname as Zheng. It was unclear why a batch of the infection-fighting proteins, made by Jiangxi Yabo Bio-Pharmaceutical Co (JYCB), caused the deaths at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University between May 22 and 28. Authorities have suspended the sale and use of the JYBC antibodies as an investigation gets underway.

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